As we count down the hours and minutes until Liverpool face Norwich City at Anfield to kick off the 2019/20 Premier League season I wanted to highlight ten summer signings that might have slipped under your radar but could prove excellent bits of business during the long and exciting season ahead.
Take a look below at these players all new to the Premier League that could do well for their clubs over the next campaign.
Dani Ceballos – Arsenal – on loan from Real Madrid
Arsenal left it late to make a signing of intent this summer but when they did the news that they were to loan Real Madrid’s Spanish International Dani Ceballos would have come as great news to many Gooners especially those who watched the former Real Betis playmakers performances for Spain during the U21 European Championships in June where he lead them to victory as the tournaments best player. It’s quite a coup for Arsenal and Unai Emery as Ceballos is highly rated in his home country even if current Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane doesn’t quite see it.
Che Adams – Southampton – £15m from Birmingham City
I watched one of Che Adam’s early games at Sheffield United a few weeks after he joined from Ilkeston and the youngster has come an awful long way from his Vardy-esque time in the Northern Premier League. Now 23 Adams has made a name for himself regularly scoring goals for Birmingham City in the Championship where many would consider his performances last season as key to the blues survival. At just £15m Southampton have taken the chance on a strong and direct attacker with good honest non-league habits but potentially Premier League quality when it comes to knowing where the net is.
Jesus Vallejo – Wolverhampton Wanderers – on loan from Real Madrid
Another loanee from the Bernabeu and captain of the Spanish under 21 team that went on to lift the European Championships this summer. Sent out most likely by Real Madrid to get a taste of the fast-paced Premier League in order to add physicality to his game, Vallejo is a centre half that reads the play well and who will put his body on the line for club and country. Good in possession and a threat from set plays a season in the EPL could be the making of this likeable young defender.
Tanguy Ndombele – Tottenham Hotspur – £54m from Lyon
One of the best midfielders in France last season Ndombele is a hard working ball chasing athlete that likes to input his influence on the game. Equally at home in a defensive role or in a position to get forward and create chances, Ndombele possesses a great engine suited to the Premier League and will be a fine addition in adding steel and stamina to the centre of the park for Spurs.
Neal Maupay – Brighton & Hove Albion – £20m from Brentford
The Frenchman scored 25 goals in the Championship for Brentford last season and created many more with his weaving in and around the box for the Bees. Stylish in possession has a fantastic goalscoring record for a player that is not an out and out centre forward. Could be asked to play out wide at the Amex, in behind the centre forward or as a false nine and could be a player to watch as no doubt he has the ability to be playing top six football which could well easily happen should he perform for Brighton.
Joelinton – Newcastle United – £40m from Hoffenheim
Not since Mirandinha have Newcastle United had a Brazilian number nine to shout about and Joelinton comes to St James Park in similar circumstances to the struggles of 1987 as the club look to turn around turmoil under new Management with Steve Bruce. The signing for £40m from Hoffenheim was probably least expected under the circumstances and with no real expectancy on Joelinton or Newcastle this season it could just be one of those moves that gets off to a flyer. Cult hero 2020 version anyone?
Sebastien Haller – West Ham United – £36m from Eintracht Frankfurt
Manuel Pelegrini has made a couple of good signings this summer with Pablo Fornals a player I like watching but the addition of Sebastien Haller from Frankfurt is a signing of intent, a player made for the Premier League with height, speed and strength one that could score goals of all types and one that could be the difference in turning a struggling season into one challenging for Europa Cup spaces. I can’t help feeling this signing could go one way or another but if this big money move pays off West Ham have a very good asset on their books and we could see the 25 year old winning his first French cap this year?
Rodri – Manchester City – £63m from Atletico Madrid
The Manchester City plan under Pep Guardiola is to sign footballers that can play his way and sign footballers that can take over their peers with the least fuss possible by slowly being able to slot them in to formation and do exactly the same job as those before them. Rodri is ideal long term replacement for the fabulous Fernandinho and adds a calming presence to the Citizens Midfield with no nonsense keep ball and a physical dimension sitting in front of the back four. May take time to completely get to grips with the Premier League but this is a player who’s likely to be at City for a long time looking forward.
Moise Kean – Everton – £25m from Juventus
Surprisingly let go by Juve most likely to free up incomings of their own, Kean has been widely tipped in Serie A to be the next best thing and after a season on loan at Verona in 2018 he performed well in bit parts for the old lady during the last campaign netting 6 goals in 13 league apps and winning his first caps for Italy. Only 19 years old he is 6ft physical and quick and ideally suited to the fast pace of English football. Should he be given support and time to adjust to life in Liverpool he could become a big hit amongst Evertonians, more than likely if he continues to score at the rate he did last season post and forge a partnership with the equally exciting Richarlison they could both go on to very big things.
Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal – £72m from Lille
So Arsenal teased us with signing the future of Spanish football (see Dani Ceballos) then a week later they got the hottest property in French football by securing Ivorian International Nicolas Pepe in a record breaking move from Lille. This fast attacking wide man is direct and tricky with a ferocious left foot. Adding firepower to the Gunners frontline with the likes of Aubamayang & Lacazette already there the entertainers could very well be at the Emirates this season as Emery & co look to outscore all their opponents. Pepe is a player that could well and truly be the star of the Premier League after scoring 37 goals in 79 games for Lille he now has the chance to team up with what looks likely candidate as one of the best attacks in the country.
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